There is a hot debate going on at the moment between two famous tech billionaires. Elon Musk has a rather grim vision on the future, suggesting that AI is threating human kind, while Mark Zuckerberg believes that we have nothing to worry about.
So, who is right? We believe that both of them are right and we’ll explain you why.
AI is neither good nor bad
Man posses a very intelligent brain that has helped us create wonderful things. But how we decide to use them it’s entirely up to us. This means that we have the choice between doing good or evil.
Let’s think about the massive power of nuclear fusion and how mankind is using it. We can use it for destructive purposes, to build bombs and annihilate life; or we can use it to produce electricity. Of course, the nuclear waste that results in the process is extremely dangerous for the environment, but this is an entirely different topic.
Using nuclear fusion to generate electricity doesn’t carry any evil intentions. On the other hand, using this energy to build bombs carries destructive intentions from the very beginning.
The same is valid for AI. After all, AI is a creation of mankind and we can decide whether to use this technology to do good or evil. Inventions and technologies that could potentially alter our life in a radical manner have always raised fear in us. But if we look deeper, we’ll realize that these creations and technologies have absolutely no power in themselves. It all depends on how we choose to put them to work.
For this reason, we really believe that Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg are both right about AI’s future. AI could indeed be a force for good and power self-driving cars and diagnose illnesses, among other things. But intelligent machines could also wreak havoc without proper ethics algorithms embedded into them.
Stephen Hawking best described the crossroads that mankind is current facing: “In short, the rise of powerful AI will be either the best, or the worst thing, ever to happen to humanity. We do not yet know which.”
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